International Symposium on Interactions of Ice Sheets and Glaciers with the Ocean

International Symposium on Interactions of Ice Sheets and Glaciers with the Ocean

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops

When: 10 July 2016 to 15 July 2016

Where: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, La Jolla, California

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The International Glaciological Society will hold a second International Symposium on ‘Interactions of Ice Sheets and Glaciers with the Ocean’ in 2016. The symposium is a follow-on to the successful 2011 IGS symposium on the same theme, which brought together 194 delegates from nearly 20 countries and resulted in the publication of 36 peer-reviewed research articles cited over 650 times since 2012. The Symposium will also serve as the first of two annual Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP) meetings to be held in 2016. FRISP ( originated as a subcommittee of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Working Group of Glaciology.

The mass balance of the Earth’s land ice (ice sheets, glaciers and ice caps) and the circulation of the adjacent oceans are strongly coupled through physical processes occurring at the ice–ocean interfaces at the fronts and bases of ice shelves and glacier tongues, and the termini of tidewater glaciers. Improved understanding of these processes is essential to realistically represent the evolution of ice sheets and glaciers in a changing climate and to improve predictions of global ocean circulation and sea-level change. The goals of this symposium are to: (1) assess the state of our knowledge of ice–ocean interactions; and (2) discuss what is needed for development of reliable, quantitative models of ice-sheet evolution.

We expect that this symposium will attract experts in ice-sheet, ice-shelf, glacier, ocean and climate studies whose research addresses interactions of the ocean (including sea ice) and land ice in the global climate system using in situ observations, remote sensing and/or modeling. While we expect most contributions to be related to the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, we encourage contributions on all aspects of interactions between ice sheets, glaciers and the ocean, towards achieving the symposium goals.

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Abstract submission is now open. Deadline for submission is EXTENDED until 29 March. Please note that the abstract submission system is separate from the IGS portal. You will have to register your details if you have not submitted an abstract with us before.

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Co-sponsored by:

  • Forum for Research into Ice Shelf Processes (FRISP)
  • Greenland Ice Sheet Ocean network (GRISO)
  • Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • National Science Foundation
  • NASA